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Top 10 Safest Two-Row Crossovers for Under $30,000

Driving a safe crossover doesn't mean driving an expensive one.

By Trevor Dorchies | October 09, 2012
    • There's a lot of safety technology that goes into all of the 60-plus crossovers available in North America today. To prove this, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests every major brand's offerings and rates each one on a four-point scale spanning Poor, Fair, Average and Good. The vehicles--in this case crossovers--that fair the best throughout this testing are awarded the honor of being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for that particular year. To earn the title of Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in all four tests; a fifth test was added in August for 2013 to include small offset front crash testing, but it hasn't yet been widely implemented. The following list includes 10 crossovers that have all been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The good news is that many of the vehicles in this segment get pretty good ratings, but there's still a difference between "good" and "great." So we narrowed the choices down to two-row crossovers (five passenger models) with a base price of no more than $30,000 including the destination and handling fees. We've ordered them by price, starting with the least expensive. Don't see your favorite? Check out the IIHS website to see how it fared.
    • 2012 Kia Sportage ($19,300)

      The 2012 Kia Sportage is the least expensive vehicle on our list but packs a ton of safety features for the price. Standard kit includes traction control, anti-lock brakes, hill assist control, and electronic brake-force distribution just to name a few. Thanks to the Sportage's size, it's one of the better handling...show more

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      2012 Honda CR-V ($21,665)

      The 2012 Honda CR-V isn't the flashiest crossover on this list, but it gets the job done nonetheless. For a base price of $21,665 including an $830 destination fee, the 2012 Honda CR-V comes with standard safety...show more

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      2013 Mazda CX-5 ($21,790)

      The Mazda CX-5 represents one of the newest vehicles on the list, earning both a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and four out of five stars overall from the NHTSA. To get a 2013 Mazda CX-5 you're going to have to come up with $21,790 for a base front-drive model, or $24,440 for the cheapest automatic model. Standard...show more

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      2012 Dodge Journey ($21,990)

      A crossover that has quietly been making its owners happy for a while now is the Dodge Journey. The 2012 model comes with a base price tag of $21,990 including a $995 destination fee. The 2012 Dodge Journey offers standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, LATCH points in the rear...show more

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      2013 Ford Escape ($23,295)

      The Blue Oval boys are the only automaker to make this list twice, and first up is the 2013 Ford Escape. Repeating from the previous generation, the 2013 Escape starts at $23,295, including $825 for destination and handling, and includes standard safety features like child safety locks, anti-lock brakes, traction and...show more

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      2012 Volkswagen Tiguan ($23,665)

      The only German entrant on our list, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a blend of safety and ruggedness many owners don't know exist. In IIHS crash testing, the Tiguan made it through well enough to be named a Top Safety pick for 2012 but it's not rated by the NHTSA. A base model will set you back $23,665, but that also...show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Equinox ($24,355)

      Ford's crosstown rival only has one SUV offering under $30,000 that made our list but Chevrolet made it count. The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $24,355, including $825 for destination, and comes chock-filled with standard safety features that include daytime running lights, front and rear head airbags, front-side...show more

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      2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($25,275)

      Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Hyundai Santa Fe emerges as a new, sporty, stylish, and safe midsize crossover, packing in all sorts of value for the dollar. A base model 2013 Santa Fe costs $25,275, including the $825 for destination, and comes with a slew of safety features like driver, front side, and passenger...show more

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      2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee ($28,120)

      It's not often that a vehicle designed with off-roading in mind wins government safety awards. Then again it's not often that the majority of people think to take their Jeep Grand Cherokee off-road anymore. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee takes up a spot on our list thanks to its $28,120 price tag, which includes $925 for...show more

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      2013 Ford Edge ($28,350)

      The second of two vehicles from the Blue Oval Boys on our list is the 2013 Ford Edge, and it's the most expensive, too. For $28,350, including an $825 destination fee, the Edge comes with standard safety features that include a driver, front side, and passenger side airbag, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control,...show more

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